This Comedian Jesus cartoon combines the contemporary unwanted news cycle of Donald Trump with the timeless question of: Precisely what game are you playing?
This Comedian Jesus cartoon is an inspired hybrid of a pun on “Trump,” and my poem, “Different Game:”
Sorry, I don’t have any bargaining chips
I’m playing a different game
Perhaps it goes without saying that I am a real card.
The fact that Jesus hung out with fisherman, real working class people, is just another bonus layer on the metaphor of the card game: fish.
In the current epic game of the lesser of two evils, Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton vie to benefit more by comparison than by any solid or transcendent standard. The cynicism in politics is largely defined by the perpetual cycle of disappointment in the politicians that we elect. We are frightened by both “means” and “ends.” We are blackmailed into compromised candidates, wear fear and compromised boundary setting conspire to deliver the “goods” that are, in fact, not good. As captives of fear, compromised “means” unsurprisingly produce congruent “ends.” The simple fact is that you will not produce politicians substantially better than the electorate. We want politicians to save us from one another, when what we need to be saved from is our own fear. This myth of redemptive politicians short-circuits the reality that we must be the change we want to see in the world. The fact that we look to fundamentally compromised candidates to triumph over other fundamentally compromised candidates, speaks to low expectations consistent with the tattered boundaries (based on our values) that we set (or don’t set). These boundaries are based on who each person wants to be, not who they want others to be. We are all leaders. We need solidarity with one another, not the desire to rule over others. Electoral politics is overwhelmingly about choosing who, some elite typically, to rule over us. Ruling over others is the devil’s game. You can’t beat the devil at his own game.
In my view, we need to be well centered in solid and/or transcendent standards along with the courage to see a different game possible. The solid and/or transcendent standards speak to a long game, dare I say eternal (or timeless). The courage speaks to every moment presented to me where I have a choice of ruling/dominating over others or living as true equals, with equal respect and claim to our human rights. Such a courageous game of equality and solidarity is anathema to privilege. True solidarity is always directed at the disenfranchised, those whose human rights are trampled, humanity marginalized, and personhood monetized. Gangs of privileged folks crying, “All lives matter” in the face of people rising up to claim their human rights is not true solidarity. For a long time now, I’ve viewed “First Worldism” as the fundamental disconnect on the planet. This disconnect is centered in the USA. Americans certainly have their problems at home. Nevertheless, these problems are rooted, and overshadowed, by the disconnect with the wrest of the second and third world — most of the world. American exceptionalism is exceptionally bad for the planet and humanity, and a nearly psychotic break from reality. If the game in the center ring is to secure better social benefits on the deathstar that is America, rather than dismantle the deathstar, then America will be a plague on this planet and a cancer on humanity. I intend to play a different game.
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